Nov. 10, 1891 – To General Superior Sr. M. Edward, Kingston ON from Sr. M. of Providence, Holyoke MA

House of Providence, Holyoke
Nov. 10, 1891
Rev. Mother M. Edward, Sup. Gen.
House of Providence,
Kingston, Ont
Dear Rev. Mother

On Friday last, 6th inst., Rev. Dr. Beaven accompanied by Rev. B. Conaty, read in the Community Room to the assembled Sisters a Decree issued by the Rt. Rev. Bp. of this Diocese, and among other things, the President of the Corporation, was, by the Bishop commanded to appear before him within three days, bringing with her the Certificate of our Incorporation. In Records of the same, accordingly, I went to Springfield yesterday, but was able to present only the Certificate above specified.

The book containing the Constitutions, By Laws and Records has not been seen since you left, though it was known to have been in your possession for some days previous to your departure, and ordinary search has failed to reveal its whereabouts. I explained this to His Lordship, and he bade me write in his name, and ask that this book be returned to us, as he desires to make a full investigation of our temporal affairs, and satisfy himself that everything is being conducted on a legal basis and in conformity with the requirements of the Civil law. I take this early opportunity of making known to you the Bishop’s wish.

On Saturday Evening, 7th inst., Rev. Dr. Beaven called and requested that Sister Mary of the I. Conception be summoned. On her appearing before him, he said that he wished to make known to her in the presence of the Local Superior, that from facts that came to his knowledge during the Episcopal Commission, he felt obliged as Spiritual Director to inform the Rev. Mother, that she Sister M. of the I. Conception should be transferred to another house and he subsequently ordered me to make known to you his decision.

Hoping I have discharged these two obligations in clear and satisfactory manner.

I am, Rev. Mother, Very Respectfully,
Sister M. of Providence, Local Superior
Notes: Another copy of this letter exists as an individual letter. 105.6-C, Mother Mary Edward General Superior sous-fonds, Correspondence series, Letter November 10, 1891.
Source: 407-409-A, General Secretary Fonds, Annals of the Congregation/Generalate series, Volume 1861-1892, pp. 222-223, Archives, Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul.
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